Fluffy Bunny Overload

Since Easter is coming soon, I decided to feature photos of rabbits in this week’s post. In addition, I will share the story of Rabbit Island in Japan.

Cotton Balls

Joey Giant Angora Buck-rebalanced.jpg

By Joey_Giant_Angora_Buck.jpg: Oldhausderivative work: Devvyn (Joey_Giant_Angora_Buck.jpg) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Joey, Giant Angora Rabbit Buck

Date: 2010-09-22 19:37 (UTC)

Fluffy white bunny rabbit.jpg

By Ross Little (Flickr) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

albino angora rabbit

Date: 3 August 2006, 08:07:11

Source: Flickr

I Can’t See


Photo courtesy of Betty Chu, who has licensed its use under the GFDL.


Photo Description:

This is a photo of Chu’s Ashton, a tortoise colored English Angora buck. This photo was taken when he was about 8 months old. He was the Best of Breed winner and one of the four finalists of the Best In Show in the 2003 ARBA national convention.


By Clevername (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

This is a Ruby-eyed White English Angora

Date: 6/12/08


By Wildfeuer (Own work (own photo)) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Deutsch: Teddywidderkaninchenbaby (no English description is available)

Date: 20 March 2007

Too Cute

Conejo angora1.jpg

By Verolg (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Español: Conejo angora (no English description is available)

Date: 25 October 2011

Jeunes satin ivoire yeux bleus.JPG

By Satin club français (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Satin rabbits

Date: 2 June 2010

Rabbit Island (Ōkunoshima)

According to Wikipedia, Ōkunoshima “is a small island located in the Inland Sea of Japan in the city of Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture.” Once the site of a poison gas plant, it was later converted into a park after World War II. Ōkunoshima is also known as Rabbit Island because of the numerous rabbits that roam free on the island. They were introduced to the island when the park was developed.

Okunoshima 2.JPG

By Vickerman625 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

A picture of Okunoshima taken from Kurotaki-yama

Date: 17 April 2010



(WT-shared) NY066 at wts wikivoyage [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Description:

Okunojima-rabbit. 広島県竹原市大久野島にいる野生のウサギ, Takehara

Date: 20 October 2011

Source: “Ōkunoshima” – Wikipedia

The rabbits are friendly toward humans, and they pursue tourists in hopes of getting food from them. Here is a link to a YouTube video of a “bunny stampede” on Rabbit Island:

Bunny stampede: woman chased by rabbits in Japan

Before I go, I want to let you know that I will be taking some time off from my blogs. I am trying to finish up a difficult web design class that I am taking this semester, and there are some other things that I want to do. I plan to start posting again in a few weeks.

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I am drawn to reflection images because of their symmetry. I sometimes find the inverted perspective of a reflected image more interesting than the actual object that is reflected. However, both real objects and their reflected images can work together beautifully to create captivating optical illusions. As you can see in some of the photos in this week’s post, it is hard to tell where the land or rocks end and the water reflecting them begins, and striking abstract patterns form from their seemingly seamless convergence.

Flickr – archer10 (Dennis) – China-7516.jpg

By Dennis Jarvis from Halifax, Canada (China-7516) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

The picture is at a lake in the cave, the water is so clear and still that it is hard to see the division between the water and the walls.

Date: 27 November 2006, 18:09

Source: China-7516

Reflecting cavern lake.jpg

By David Jones (Reflecting cavern lake) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Reflecting lake in the Luray caverns in the northern Shenendoah valley. Formations were likened by our guide to various Disney characters…

Date: 2006-08-17, at 10:12

Source: Reflecting cavern lake

Dana Meadow Tarn at Sunrise.jpg

By Claire Curran (Dana Meadow Tarn at Sunrise Uploaded by PDTillman) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Dana Meadow Tarn at Sunrise — Yosemite National Park.

Date: 22 March 2010, 12:29


By Reza Hajipour (Taleghan lake دریاچه طالقان) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Taleghan lake

Date: 17 March 2010

Source: Taleghan lake دریاچه طالقان


By Aqwis (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Panorama of the mountains along the Ulvikfjord, a side arm of the Hardangerfjord in Western Norway.

Date: 18 March 2008

Loch Eck looking west from the east shore – geograph.org.uk – 49455.jpg

By Christine Matthews [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Loch Eck looking west from the east shore. Taken just north of the Whistlefield Inn looking towards Creag an Fhithich on a perfect summer day with gorgeous reflections.

Date: July 1997

Source: From geograph.org.uk

March Wood reflected in St Mary’s Loch – geograph.org.uk – 689837.jpg

By Walter Baxter [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

March Wood reflected in St Mary’s Loch Viewed across the loch from the A708 during tranquil conditions on a beautiful February morning. The grass in the shade of the trees is still frosted.

Date: 13 February 2008

Source: From geograph.org.uk


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I did not appreciate the power of patterns until I studied graphic design. Whether naturally occurring or man-made (or a combination of both), they add interesting details to a photograph or other artwork. Sometimes the patterns themselves make fantastic photographic subjects, as you can see in the photos featured in this week’s post.

Terrace field yunnan china denoised.jpg

By Jialiang Gao, http://www.peace-on-earth.org (Original Photograph) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Terrace rice fields in Yunnan Province, China.

Date: March 2003

Additional Note: This is a retouched picture, which means that it has been digitally altered from its original version. Modifications: Removed some noise and sharpened a bit.

Tessellated Pavement Sunrise Landscape.jpg

By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Sunrise, “Tessellated Pavement”, Eaglehawk Neck, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia. The „Tesselated Pavement“ is the result of an orthogonal joint pattern in the rock. On the picture it shows the so called “pan formation”, where the rock in the immediate vicinity of the joints is more resistant to erosion than the rock that is more distant to the joints, This is due to alterations of the rock along the joints by hydrothermal (or similar) solutions when the rock was still buried deeply below the surface millions of years ago. When no alterations or alterations that lower the erosional resistivity have taken place in the geological past, the rock along the joints will erode faster than the rock that is more distant to the joints. In that case the so called “loaf formation” of “Tessellated Pavement” will form.

Date: 28 January 2009

At the beach – Boomer Depp.jpg

By Boomer Depp (At the beach) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

At the beach

Date: 12 August 2009, 14:29

Namib-Naukluft Sand Dunes (2011).jpg

By Yathin S Krishnappa (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Sand dunes in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Older dunes are reddish and larger, newer dunes are yellow-brown.

Date: 20 April 2011 (07:52:54)

Rapsfeld 2007.jpg

By Daniel Schwen (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Rapeseed field near Bavenhausen, Germany

Date: 29 April 2007

Tulip in Kiso Sansen National Government Park.jpg

By Alpsdake (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Tulip in Kiso Sansen National Government Park

Date: 14 April 2011

Vrtbovská zahrada, dekor druhé parteru.JPG

By Juan de Vojníkov (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Vrtba Garden – different parts, Prague, Lesser Quarter, Czech Republic.

Date: 16 September 2010


By Francisco Antunes (originally posted to Flickr as France Villandry) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

The château de Villandry, gardens

Date: 25 April 2007, 11:14:17


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Spring Is Here!


By Jesus Solana from Madrid, Spain (Red Heaven. (Explored!)Uploaded by clusternote) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Date: 15 May 2013, 18:37

Spring has finally arrived where I live, and I am happy it is here! I hope you enjoy these spring photos from different parts of the world.

Spring Thaw

NOAA arctic spring 1950 corp1104.jpg

By Rear Admiral Harley D. Nygren, NOAA Corps (ret.)


Photo Description:

Crepuscular rays illuminate the melting ice of the Beaufort Sea.

Location: Oliktok Point, Alaska North Slope

Photo Date: Spring 1950

Source: NOAA Photo Library

Image ID: corp1104, NOAA Corps Collection

Spring Runoff (4658102964).jpg

By John Fowler from Placitas, NM, USA (Spring Runoff Uploaded by russavia) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

The snow is melting fast. Taken near Bear Creek a few miles south of Ouray, CO.

Date: 31 May 2010, 11:24

Spring Gardens


By Fg2 (Self-published work by Fg2) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

This photograph shows the garden at Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Japan. I took the photo. Picture of the Day for May 1, 2005


By Abhishek.londhe (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

my garden

Date: 8 June 2007, 18:14:29

Wildflowers and Woods

Beautiful-late-spring-rain-wildflowers – West Virginia – ForestWander.jpg

By Forest Wander http://www.ForestWander.com [CC-BY-SA-3.0-us], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Beautiful Late Spring Rain Wildflowers

Date: 14 June 2010

Source: http://www.forestwander.com/2010/06/beautiful-late-spring-rain-wildflowers/

Spring time in Shining Cliff Woods – geograph.org.uk – 506157.jpg

By sheral wood [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Spring time in Shining Cliff Woods At the top of the photograph you would find the lake.

Date: 24 April 2007

Source: From geograph.org.uk

Grib skov.jpg

By Malene Thyssen (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

New beech leaves, Grib Forest in the northern part of Sealand, Denmark.

Date: 11 March 2005


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Sunrays and Atmospheric Optics

This week’s post features photos of sunlight and optical illusions created by sunlight reflecting off ice crystals in the sky. I do not get tired of seeing sun-related phenomena either in photographs or in person. Like a moth to a flame, I gravitate toward the light.


USA Antelope-Canyon.jpg

By Lucas Löffler (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

The Antelope Canyon in Arizona.

Date: 20 April 2006

Antelope Canyon Mittags.jpg

By Raimund Marx (Raimund.Marx@ch.tum.de) (Raimund Marx) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA, Summer 2005, photographer Raimund Marx (Raimund.Marx@ch.tum.de). The picture is a scan of a 2.5 x 2 inch medium format slide. It was scanned using a flatbed scanner. Published with permission of the photographer by Rhaessner 08:10, 8 February 2006 (UTC)

Date: Summer 2005

Crepuscular Rays

All of the photos in this section are examples of crepuscular rays. According to Wikipedia, crepuscular rays are “rays of sunlight that appear to radiate from the point in the sky where the sun is located.” Separated by “darker cloud-shadowed regions,” these rays of light are actually almost parallel to each other, and their convergence is a “perspective effect.”

The word crepuscular means that these sunrays appear around dawn and dusk, which are known as the “crepuscular hours.”

Source: “Crepuscular rays” — Wikipedia

Homburg Schlossberg.jpg

By Lokilech (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

(Editor’s Note: No English photo description is available.)

Deutsch: Weg auf den Schlossberg von Homburg (Saar) um 09:36 am 11. September 2010

Crepuscular rays with reflection in GGP.jpg

By Brocken Inaglory (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Crepuscular rays, and their reflection. The image was taken in Golden Gate Park,San Francisco at Mallard Lake.

Date: 2008

Crepuscular Rays in GGP.jpg

By Brocken Inaglory (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Crepuscular Rays. The image was taken at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Date: 2009

Crepuscular rays in ggp 2.jpg

By Brocken Inaglory (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Crepuscular Rays. In the middle left of the image one could also see a different set of the rays coming upward from the lake. The light source for these rays is the Sun’s reflection. The image was taken at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Date: 2008 (2008-02-12, according to EXIF data)


By James Brown http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Angel%27s-stairs.jpg


Photo Description:

(Editor’s Note: No English photo description is available.)

日本語: 1月初旬の函館湾に現れた薄明光線

Date: 7 January 2012

Sun Dogs (also sundogs)

Wikipedia describes a sun dog as “an atmospheric phenomenon that creates bright spots of light in the sky, often on a luminous ring or halo on either side of the sun.” A sun dog is also known as a mock sun, phantom sun, or parhelion (its scientific name).

“Sun dog” — Wikipedia

Fargo Sundogs 2 18 09.jpg

By Gopherboy6956  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fargo_Sundogs_2_18_09.jpg


Photo Description:

 Sundogs in Fargo, North Dakota. Taken February 18th, 2009.

Date: 18 February 2009

Sun dog at Stonehenge.jpg

By Timdaw  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sun_dog_at_Stonehenge.jpg


Photo Description:

Photograph of a Sun dog at Stonehenge

Date: 30 June 2013

Source: I took this photograph at Stonehenge myself Previously published:https://www.facebook.com/tim.daw1

Sun Pillars

According to WeatherOnline, a “sun pillar is a halo phenomenon of a vertical shaft of light extending upward or downward from the sun.” Wikipedia further notes that it is a “visual phenomenon created by the reflection of light from ice crystals with near horizontal parallel planar surfaces.”

“Sun pillar” – WeatherOnline website
“Light pillar” — Wikipedia

Bretagne Finistere Plouhinec 05002.jpg

By S.Möller http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bretagne_Finistere_Plouhinec_05002.jpg


Photo Description:

(Editor’s Note: No English photo description is available.)

Deutsch: Sonnenuntergang am Hafen von Plouhinec (Pors-Poulhan) in der Bretagne.

Français : Coûcher de Soleil sur une plage de Plouhinec (Pors-Poulhan) dans le Finistère (Bretagne, France).

Date: 12.07.2005

Sunset in Saguaro National Park.JPG

By Yeahsoo at en.wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sunset_in_Saguaro_National_Park.JPG


Photo Description:

Sunset in Tucson desert
exposure:1/160sec focal length 42mm Iso speed:ISO-200

Date: Taken on 11/24/2005 4:19Pm

Source: Originally from en.Wikipedia

Other Halos

Besides sun pillars, there are other types of halos such as the 22° degree halo ( a circle 22° around the sun). In addition, other phenomena can appear together with halos, such as the following:

    • Circumzenithal arc: a rainbow-like arc that forms no more than one-quarter of a circle centered on the zenith and on the same side as the sun
    • Parhelic circle: a horizontal white line on the same altitude as the sun (can also appear with the moon)
    • Parry arc: an optical phenomenon which occasionally appears over a 22° halo together with an upper tangent arc (a rare halo)
    • Upper tangent arc: an atmospheric optical phenomenon which appears over and tangent to the 22° halo around the sun

“Halo (optical phenomenon)” – Wikipedia
“Circumzenithal arc” — Wikipedia
“Parhelic circle” – Wikipedia
“Parry arc” – Wikipedia
“Upper tangent arc” — Wikipedia

Sun halo optical phenomenon edit.jpg

By Lt. Cindy McFee  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sun_halo_optical_phenomenon_edit.jpg


Photo Description:

A halo around the sun from the NOAA Photo Library. The structures visible in the background are part of the South Pole Station.

Date: 21 December 1980

Source: Edited version of Image:410px-Sun halo optical phenomenon.jpg.

This is a retouched picture, which means that it has been digitally altered from its original version. Modifications: removed borders and dark spots. The original can be viewed here: 410px-Sun halo optical phenomenon.jpg. Modifications made by Diego pmc.

Additional Notes from “Upper tangent arc” — Wikipedia:

A halo phenomenon observed over the South Pole. Featured in the photo are several distinct phenomena: A parhelic circle (horizontal line), a 22° halo (circle) with a sundog (bright spot), and an upper tangent arc.

Multiple Halos 1.jpg

By Rudy23 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Different Halos (optical phenomenon)

Date: 1 December 2012, 14:11:29


Today marks the second year anniversary of imaginenewdesigns. I cannot believe that I have been blogging for two years! I am so impressed by the talented photographers, artists, writers, and other creative and interesting people I have met through WordPress. Thank you for visiting my blog, and I would especially like to thank the people who took the time to like my posts, to leave comments, and to follow my blog. I appreciate your support! :)


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Fun Verticality

This week’s post is a companion piece to “Powerful Verticality.” The photos in this post have the same theme of verticality except that they are not dramatic nature images. Most of the subjects in these photos are people experiencing the power of verticality firsthand. I have also included a few other unusual examples of verticality in this post.

Human Towers

This picture sparked my interest in finding out more about human towers. Unfortunately, there is no English photo description available for this image. The photographer is unknown.

Japanese Acrobat.jpg

See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

日本語: 日本の大道芸

Date: 2 February 2014

Source: インターネット

In Catalonia, Spain, building human towers is a tradition that reaches back to the end of the 18th century. In this part of the world, a human tower is called a castell. A castell consists of people called castellers who form the pinya or base layer of the human tower and additional castellers who form the upper levels of the human tower. Each level of the castell has its own name, and there are also specific names for the number of people within each level. Here is an excerpt of the elaborate castell naming system from Wikipedia:

Common terms indicating the number of people for each level of a tower:

  • Pilar (Eng. “pillar”): one person per level
  • Torre (“tower”): two people per level
  • Tres : three people per level
  • Quatre : four people per level
  • Cinc : five people per level

Numbers of levels most commonly built:

  • Sis : six levels high
  • Set : seven levels
  • Vuit : eight levels
  • Nou : nine levels
  • Deu : ten levels

Besides having their own castell naming system, castellers have their own dress code and motto. Wikipedia notes that castellers typically wear an outfit consisting of “white trousers, a black sash, a bandana and a coloured shirt often bearing the team’s emblem.” The black sash is practical as well as decorative because “it supports the lower back and is used by other castellers in the team as a foothold or handhold when climbing up the tower.” Castellers also have a fitting motto: “Força, equilibri, valor i seny” (Strength, balance, courage and common sense).

Source: “Castell” — Wikipedia

Catalan Climbers.jpg

By Steve Jurvetson from Menlo Park, USA (Catalan Climbers) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Description:

Found behind a cathedral in Barcelona, Spain.

The men at the bottom are like flying buttresses, holding up a growing tower of people, culminating with two young girls in a crash helmets preparing to stand at the top.

Here’s a video of the build, just one of the many colorful celebrations of Catalan culture spilling into the streets and squares.

(I am looking forward to pouring through the photo backlog and sharing some of the trip highlights)

Date: 16 June 2007, 10:20

Source: Catalan Climbers

Note: The church behind is not the Cathedral. It’s Santa Maria del Mar. See Image:Santa Maria del Mar 3.jpg. And the human tower is a “2 de 8 amb folre” made by the Colla Vella dels Xiquets de Valls

4d8 baixa ll09.jpg

By Montserrat Torres https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:4d8_baixa_ll09.jpg


Photo Description:

(Editor’s Note: An English photo description is not available.)

Català: 4 de 8 dels Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia a Lleida

Date: 24 October 2009

Source: Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia

7de8 Castellers de Vilafranca fires maig 2012.jpg

By Carilec (Own work) [GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Human tower called 7de8. It was done at “fires de maig” in Vilafranca del Penedès, Catalonia.

Date: 20 May 2012

Source: Own work

Large Leaps

My celebration of being high in the sky continues with these fun photos of large vertical leaps.

The Leap of Faith.jpg

By Superhero Scramble, LLC (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Leap of Faith flip

Date: 4 November 2012, 13:23:49

Source: Own work

Asian carp (6887439853).jpg

By U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters (Asian carpUploaded by Dolovis) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

At Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge in Missouri, an invasive Asian carp leaps high out of the water to escape biologists’ nets. (Steve Hillebrand/USFWS)

Date: 13 July 2009, 13:54

Source: Asian carp

Upside-Down Houses

In addition to inspiring my search for human towers and large leaps, thinking about verticality made me think about things that are upside down. This train of thought eventually led me to discover the existence of houses that are intentionally constructed upside down. The reasons for building these houses vary. Some were built as interesting theme park attractions, while others were built as unusual museum exhibits. There are quite a few upside-down houses across the world in countries such as Poland, Canada, Spain, Germany, Russia, and the United States.

An ‘upside-down house’ in open-air museum, Szybmark, Poland..jpg

By Tomasz Sienicki [user: tsca, mail: tomasz.sienicki at gmail.com] (Photograph by Tomasz Sienicki) [GFDL or CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

An ‘upside-down house’ in an open-air museum (The Education and Region Promotion Centre) in Szybmark, northern Poland. The interior of the two-floor building (furniture, stairs, objects) is set upside-down as well, ie. is glued to the ceiling. Persons with inner-ear or balance disabilities are discouraged from entering the structure.

Date: 25 September 2008

Source: Photograph by Tomasz Sienicki

Device to Root out Evil.jpg

By Thom Quine http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Device_to_Root_out_Evil.jpg


Photo Description:

Device to Root Out Evil (1997)

by Dennis Oppenheim

Galvanized structural steel, anodized perforated aluminum, transparent red Venetian glass, concrete foundations

25′ H x 15′ W x 12′ D

Location: Vancouver, Canada

Photo by Thom Quine

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/91994044@N00/66407681/

Building that looks like upside-down White House, Batumi.JPG

By Keizers (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

 Building that looks like upside-down. White House, Batumi

Date: 22 November 2012, 11:41:50

Source: Own work

Note: Batumi is a seaside city on the Black Sea coast and capital of Adjara, an autonomous republic in southwest Georgia.

Source: “Batumi” — Wikipedia 

Wisconsin Dells – Top Secret.jpg

By Leprechauns at en.wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

An upside down white house ‘Top Secret’ in Wisconsin Dells, WI

Date: 2007; 17 January 2008 (original upload date)

Source: Own work: self-made
Transferred from en.wikipedia by SreeBot

If you would like to see more upside-down houses, weburbanist.com has a great online article about them called “Flip This Home! 10 Unbelievable Upside Down Houses”.


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Powerful Verticality

Reaching up to the heavens or descending down to the earth — verticality is an important element in nature. Obvious examples of verticality in nature include trees, mountains, and cliffs. As you will see in this week’s post, some of the most powerful forces in the natural world also have a vertical structure to them.

Vertical Water

This is a photo of Strokkur, which is a geyser located in the valley Haukadalur in southern Iceland.

The geysers of Iceland produce so much geothermal energy that the people who live there use this energy “to heat greenhouses and to grow food that otherwise could not have been cultivated in Iceland’s inhospitable climate.” Wikipedia also notes that “steam and hot water from the geysers ha[ve] also been used for heating homes since 1943 in Iceland.”


“Strokkur” — Wikipedia
 “Geyser” — Wikipedia


By Andreas Tille [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

English: Eruption of Strokkur close by.
Date: 23 July 1996
Source: Own work – see http://fam-tille.de/sparetime.html
Image with Information in English

The powerful energy of the ocean arises in crashing vertical waves like the ones in the following two photographs.

Holyhead breakwater – geograph.org.uk – 108854.jpg

By Nigel Williams [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Wave breaking on Holyhead breakwater – this is the section before the first bend
Date: 5 October 2004
Source: From geograph.org.uk

Boka Pistol in het Nationaal Park Shete Boka.jpg

By Lswarte (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Boka Pistol is a small bay in Shete Boka national park, Curaçao. Water of the Caribbean sea is compressed into the bay and pushed out with gun shot like sounds, hence the name Boka Pistol.

Date: 16 November 2006


According to NOAA, an F5 tornado is the most destructive type of tornado on the Fujita Tornado Damage Scale. With wind speeds between 261-318 miles per hour, an F5 tornado causes “incredible damage,” including the following:

  •  strong frame houses leveled off foundations and swept away
  • automobile-sized missiles fly through the air in excess of 100 meters (109 yds.)
  • trees debarked.

Source: “Fujita Tornado Damage Scale” — NOAA Storm Prediction Center website

F5 tornado Elie Manitoba 2007.jpg

By Justin1569 at en.wikipedia [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Category F5 tornado (upgraded from initial estimate of F4) viewed from the southeast as it approached Elie, Manitoba on Friday, June 22nd, 2007.

Date: 22 June 2007

Vertical Lightning Strikes

According to NOAA, lightning “can have 100 million to 1 billion volts, and it “contains billions of watts.” In addition, the “energy from lightning heats the air anywhere from 18,000 degrees Fahrenheit to up to 60,000 degrees Fahrenheit” (9982.2°C to 33316°C).

Source: “Severe Weather 101″ — NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory website


By R. Hadian, U.S. Geological Survey (image from NOAA website) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

United States Geological Survey photo of 1982 eruption of Galungung (with lightning strikes). Cropped. This stratovolcano with a lava dome is located in western Java. Its first eruption in 1822 produced a 22-km-long mudflow that killed 4,000 people. The second eruption in 1894 caused extensive property loss. The slide depicts a spectacular view of lightning strikes during a third eruption on December 3, 1982, which resulted in 68 deaths. A fourth eruption occurred in 1984. Source Caption: Galunggung, Indonesia;07.25 S 108.05 E;2,168 m elevation

Date: 3 December 1982

Source: image from NOAA website

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By Scotto Bear from North Beach, MD, USA (051231_sun) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:


Date: 31 December 2005, 09:30

Volcanic Mushroom Clouds

Volcanic eruptions can push huge clouds of ash and various gases such as sulfur dioxide, hydrogen, and carbon monoxide up to the Earth’s surface. Some of these clouds can be several or many miles or kilometers high depending on how explosive the eruption is.

“Volcanic ash” — Wikipedia
Types of Volcanic Eruptions” — Wikipedia

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By Paginario (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

(Editor’s note: No English description available)
Español: erupcion del volcan guagua pichincha el año 2000

Date: 2000


By Janke at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Picture of Mount Redoubt eruption

Ascending eruption cloud from Redoubt Volcano as viewed to the west from the en:Kenai Peninsula. The mushroom-shaped plume rose from avalanches of hot debris (en:pyroclastic flows) that cascaded down the north flank of the volcano. A smaller, white steam plume rises from the summit crater.

Photograph by R. Clucas, April 21, 1990.

Source: http://pubs.usgs.gov/dds/dds-39/album.html and http://gallery.usgs.gov/photos/03_29_2013_otk7Nay4LH_03_29_2013_5#.UrvS2vfTnrc

en:Category:Mount Redoubt (Alaska) en:Category:Pyroclastic flows en:Category:Eruption columns
en:Category:Mushroom clouds

Date: 2008-12-03 (original upload date)

Source: Transferred from en.wikipedia; transferred to Commons using CommonsHelper.

Author: Original uploader was Janke at en.wikipedia

Permission (Reusing this file): PD-USGOV-INTERIOR-USGS.

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By Sarychev_Volcano.jpg: NASAderivative work: Avenue (Sarychev_Volcano.jpg) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

A picture of Russia’s Sarychev Volcano, on Matua Island in the Kuril Islands, erupting on 12 June 2009, as seen from the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS orbits the Earth at a height of between 347 and 360 km.

Original description by NASA:
“A fortuitous orbit of the International Space Station allowed the astronauts this striking view of Sarychev volcano (Russia’s Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan) in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009. Sarychev Peak is one of the most active volcanoes in the Kuril Island chain and is located on the northwestern end of Matua Island.

“Prior to June 12, the last explosive eruption had occurred in 1989 with eruptions in 1986, 1976, 1954 and 1946 also producing lava flows. Commercial airline flights were diverted from the region to minimize the danger of engine failures from ash intake. This detailed photograph is exciting to volcanologists because it captures several phenomena that occur during the earliest stages of an explosive volcanic eruption.

“The main column is one of a series of plumes that rose above Matua Island (48.1 degrees north latitude and 153.2 degrees east longitude) on June 12. The plume appears to be a combination of brown ash and white steam. The vigorously rising plume gives the steam a bubble-like appearance; the surrounding atmosphere has been shoved up by the shock wave of the eruption. The smooth white cloud on top may be water condensation that resulted from rapid rising and cooling of the air mass above the ash column, and is probably a transient feature (the eruption plume is starting to punch through). The structure also indicates that little to no shearing winds were present at the time to disrupt the plume. By contrast, a cloud of denser, gray ash — most probably a pyroclastic flow — appears to be hugging the ground, descending from the volcano summit. The rising eruption plume casts a shadow to the northwest of the island (bottom center). Brown ash at a lower altitude of the atmosphere spreads out above the ground at upper right. Low-level stratus clouds approach Matua Island from the east, wrapping around the lower slopes of the volcano. Only about 1.5 kilometers of the coastline of Matua Island (upper center) can be seen beneath the clouds and ash.”

Date: 2010-11-02 13:43 (UTC)

Source: Sarychev_Volcano.jpg

Author: Sarychev_Volcano.jpg: NASA
derivative work: Avenue (talk)

Additional Information: This is a retouched picture, which means that it has been digitally altered from its original version. Modifications: Rotated and cropped; empty corners filled in using smart replace filter; all darkened. The original can be viewed here: Sarychev_Volcano.jpg. Modifications made by Avenue.


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